Walker, LA (WALKER POLICE DEPARTMENT) - What apparently began as a road rage incident resulted in the arrest of a Walker woman for aggravated assault, according to Walker Police Captain John Sharp. Rachel Ferguson, 35, of Walker was arrested on July 31st and charged in connection with the July 27, 2015 incident.
Officers were called to a restaurant parking lot in the 28400 block of Walker South Road in reference to a road rage incident. When officers arrived, the complainant said a white or silver SUV pulled up beside his vehicle and began arguing with him about his alleged reckless driving on Milton Lane, south of I-12. Before the female driver of the SUV left the scene, she pulled out a black pistol.
The complainant told Walker Police that he had been unable to get the license plate number of the SUV as it left the parking lot but told Police he thought the vehicle was a Toyota. In addition, one of the passengers in the complainant's vehicle was able to provide Police with some helpful evidence.
"As the complainant and occupants of his vehicle were interviewed by our Officers, one of the occupants reported that she had been able to record a portion of the confrontation using her cell phone," said Captain Sharp. "From the recording, our Officers were able to see the female driver brandishing a black handgun."
Following the incident, photographs were made from the cell phone video and were posted on social media sites. Within a short period of time, Walker Police began receiving calls from people who had seen the photographs.
"As information began coming in, a lady stopped at the Police Department, said that she had seen the photographs on social media, and identified the female driver in the photographs as Rachel Ferguson," said Walker Lieutenant Chris Dufour. "Once we knew the suspect's name, we obtained her photograph and verified with the complainant that Ms. Ferguson had been the driver of the SUV who brandished the weapon."
After verifying Ferguson as the suspect, Walker Police Detectives worked to locate the suspect.
"Using several law enforcement databases, we were able to determine that Ms. Ferguson resided on Buddy Ellis Road," Lt. Dufour stated. "We then drove to her residence and found a Toyota Highlander SUV parked at the residence that matched the description of the SUV driven by the suspect that was provided to us by the complainant."
Walker Police determined that the SUV was registered to Ferguson's fiance. Detectives spoke with her fiance by telephone and arrangements were made for he and Ferguson to meet with Walker Detectives to discuss the incident.
"Ms. Ferguson appeared as agreed and we discussed the incident," said Lt. Dufour. "After providing us with her side of the story, Ms. Ferguson admitted to brandishing the firearm, at which point she was placed under arrest."